Kathleen Zakhar - Harold Ober Associates Inc.
"It so happens that I love many punk genres and am actively seeking MG, YA, NA, and adult punk submissions. A bit about my interests for a profile below:
Steampunk is a huge favorite of mine and is somewhat the darling of the punk world at the moment. And while I love Victorian/Edwardian steampunk and can’t get enough of it, it’d be great to see that technology utilized in settings other than North America and England, but within the same time period. I’m quite attracted to similar subgenres, particularly dieselpunk/decopunk and clockpunk – Doctor Who’s “The Girl in the Fireplace” comes to mind
Moving away the retro-futuristic genres, I do love great biopunk SF. I’m also interested in cyberpunk and “soft” nanopunk, as long as there’s an incredibly strong voice and multi-layered story arc.
I’d really love to acquire a mythpunk manuscript. There’s a special place in my heart for folklore and it’s a magical thing when authors can reshape and challenge our preconceived expectations of the stories that have been told for centuries.
I consider punk genres to be right up there with epic fantasy when it comes to imagination. However, because the settings are so wondrous, it’s even more crucial that the conflict and other story elements don’t play second fiddle. Fantastic world-building cannot be a crutch for one-dimensional characters or a lackluster plot."
Pooja Menon - Kimberley Cameron & Associates
"I don't particularly have a wish list. I'm looking for well-written Steampunk fiction within any category- Victorian, set in a different country/century, in a fantasy realm, in the future, bio/cyber- with kick-ass characters, solid plot, and a lot of layers. It should also be a plot that hasn't already been published/done before."
Sara Megibow - Nelson Literary Agency
"I am open to submissions in any punk genre including cyberpunk, biopunk, oil punk, etc. The book must be 100% complete and roughly 100,000 words, but other than that - I'm looking for anything well-written with a unique story, engaging characters and effortless, organic world building."
Heather Howland - Entangled Publishing, LLC. - Editorial Director for Entangled Brazen, Senior Editor for Entangled Select/TeenYA/Adult
"I particularly enjoy near-future cyber and biopunk. The kind of stories that feel uncomfortably probable, and not too far off if things keep going as they are..."
"We would absolutely love to see more well-written steampunk and science-based-anything-punk in our inbox (more steam, more SF). We like strong heroines, not fainting females. However, the writer needs to make it physically believable: I've read too many manuscripts with a heroine in corset and full taffeta skirt karate chopping bad guys like she's Buffy -- I've worn a corset before and there was no high kicking (at least not of the variety accurate enough to land in a vampire's face) and there certainly wasn't any rolling on the ground then springing lightly to my feet."
"We are seeking both adult and young adult manuscripts. Cyberpunk, steampunk, biopunk, and nanopunk would all be acceptable to us, as long as the specific manuscripts submitted fall outside the bounds of our world today. If you're stretching technological theories with biopunk or nanopunk, that would suit us. I think most, if not all, cyberpunk and steampunk would be acceptable.
We're currently open to speculative novels that fall outside the bounds of our current reality. We generally look for stories with strong writing and solid pacing, where the story direction is clear
early in the manuscript.
Our general submissions email address is the best address for any type of submissions. However, it would be helpful if you'd put the particular subgenre in the query email."